Travel for free! But what about the 'extras'?
New travel website ‘MissTravel’ promotes free travel to ‘attractive’ women who are happy to become the paid travelling companions of wealthy men. So is this just ‘friends with benefits’ or a new kind of escorted tour and what sort of travel extras will be expected or on offer?
Call me old fashioned – but what happened to romance?
What does it say about our modern world when women are effectively served up as a man’s temporary chattel? But only if they have a beauty that is skin deep! No ‘inside beauties’ may apply! So don’t expect a lot of conversation on the trip then!
What happened to the idea of a woman of substance who does not have to rely on the generosity of a man to get by in the world?
Some would argue that the women who use this service are taking control of their lives and are the user rather than the abuser in the ‘travel-dating’ chain. Whilst I’m sure that there may be many respectable men with money who genuinely just want a travel companion rather than a ‘playmate’, I suspect that double room accommodation will be the norm in these demeaning contracts.
One would have to ask first of all what kind of man needs to pay for a travel companion. The promotional video suggests that thousands of doctors, entrepreneurs, millionaires, bankers, athletes, executives etc., are looking for ‘attractive’ travel companions. One has to ask why, if these men are so successful, they can find a partner through normal dating channels or why they need the additional prestige of travelling with a beautiful female companion.
Aside from the moral issues, there has to be concerns about the safety of the women that sign up to this service. The three suggested travel options available on the site certainly don’t seem to display any concerns about the moral proclivity of their clientele:
1. Travel with me – to find someone to travel with to a new destination
2. Come to me – if you want someone to travel to your home town
3. Show me your town – if you want to visit someone in their home town
The site does highlight the dangers of meeting people online at the bottom of the home page but this looks more like a legal ‘ass-covering’ exercise than a genuine concern for their users.
When registering on the site – some of the relationship options available are Married Dating /Discreet Affair, Casual Dating/No Strings Attached, Sugar Daddy/Sugar Baby – which I guess at least lets everyone know exactly where they stand.
I’m no prude and I guess we should all just live and let live, but let’s just hope that some unsuspecting would be traveller doesn’t end up as headline news for the wrong reason.